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Posted by on June 26, 2007    |    Leave a reply   

When it’s time to find a new battery for your cordless power tool, you may discover that you have a number of options available to you. If you have a Makita 6349DWDE 18 Volt drill, for example, you will find that there are three Makita batteries that will fit your tool. There’s a Ni-Cd battery (nickel-cadmium) with a rating of 2.0 Ah (amp-hours), a 2.6 Ah Ni-MH (nickel-metal hydride) battery, and finally a pricier 3.0 Ah Ni-MH version; all of them are 18 volts. How confusing, and what a mouthful!

First of all, what is this amp-hour (Ah) rating all about? Simply put, Ah ratings indicate how long a battery will run following a full change. The higher the number, the longer the battery will last before needing to return to the charger. Note that an 18 volt battery, regardless of Ah rating, will always provide 18 volts of power and there is no power advantage when purchasing a higher Ah battery. With batteries compatible with your tool, understand that you pay a price premium for longer run times, not more power.

There is also the issue of battery type, and that’s where those strange abbreviations like Ni-Mh and Ni-Cd come in. There is tons of information on the internet regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the different battery chemistries, but such discussion is beyond our scope here. This little illustration should suffice:

Lithium-ion is greater than nickel-metal hydride which is greater than nickel-cadmium. As you move up the scale, battery memory disappears, amp hour ratings improve, weight decreases, and of course prices increase. NOTE: many power tools are compatible with Ni-CD and Ni-MH batteries, but not all chargers can handle both types. Chargers will usually indicate which types of batteries they can charge.

If you are using your tool for simple, lightweight chores around the house and you want to save some money, selecting a compatible low amp-hour Ni-Cd battery can save you money. If you’re a heavy duty user, such as a construction worker, cabinet maker, or any other professional worker, you may want to consider upgrading to a higher end battery if one is available for your cordless power tool. If you need help deciding, please let us know and we can find the right battery for your application.

Posted by on June 11, 2007    |    Leave a reply   

Consistent with our continuing efforts to become the premier power tools parts supplier on the internet, will soon be offering a full line of Delta parts. While we have always focused on portable power tool parts, our expansion into parts for stationery Delta machinery marks a significant expansion in focus, and a move to support an even greater range of power tools.

Our data entry team is working hard each day to prepare our systems to offer Delta Parts. It’s no small job. We’re finishing cataloging the parts and as soon as we are, we’ll be ready to go live with Delta.

We feel that offering this new line of Delta machinery parts will perfectly complement our existing selection of parts from Makita, Dewalt, Bosch and Porter-Cable. Furthermore, by offering these larger machinery parts we hope to explore the possibility of eventually offering other large machinery parts as well.

Posted by on June 6, 2007    |    1 Comment   

Summer is near and people are using power tools, which is keeping us very busy this 2007 season. As the ever increasing demand for power tool parts continues, we are always looking for new ways to meet our customers’ needs and provide all possible options for repairs. This spring we are announcing a new exploratory initiative to offer generic parts alongside our existing selection of OEM parts. We will be targeting the most commonly replaced tool components such as switches, carbon brushes, and power cords. It is our goal to offer high quality generic parts and we are currently working to select suppliers who can provide parts that are tough, long lasting, and every bit as functional as OEM originals. Of course, and perhaps most importantly, these parts will be offered at a substantially lower price than their OEM equivalents. We hope that our customers will enjoy having more repair options, while saving money too.

We have always been a proud supplier of genuine OEM power tool parts and we have no plans to offer generic parts in place of our OEM components, but rather as a lower cost yet quality alternative. We will continue to be an excellent source for genuine replacement parts, and OEM sales will remain our primary focus.